Kasper disses African bishops (cuz, you know, it’s all about about being a global, non-Eurocentric Church ‘n all). Tries to deny he did it. Journalist posts recording. Cardinal learns valuable lesson about how modern media and technology work.I’m just shocked that a German could ever be arrogant. Catholic and Enjoying It Blog… Read More


Here he is spouting damned post-Vatican II heresy about valuing temptation:My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations: Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience And patience hath a perfect work: that you may be perfect and entire, failing in nothing. (Jas 1:2–4).I’m told that the bit about… Read More


Having Patience for the Sausage-Making SynodBy Very Rev. Robert BarronFather Robert Barron is the founder of the global ministry, Word on Fire, and the Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary. He is the creator of the award winning documentary series, “Catholicism”  and “Catholicism:The New Evangelization.” Learn more at www.WordonFire.org The midterm report on the deliberations of the Synod on the… Read More


NPR is calling it a “seismic change”.  Hysterical Reactionaries like Christopher Ferrara in my email box are calling it a “catastrophe” while declaring that the Pope worships an “invented deity”.  (Remind me again: the difference between Reactionary Catholics and Fundamentalist Protestants is what now?)  And the Catholics in the middle are just trying to figure out what’s… Read More


…on, among other things, the daft Church/State financial arrangments in Germany and how that provides vital background to the stuff the German bishops are doing and saying.I also like this quintessentially Welbornian clarity of thought about the media’s hyperfocus on Cdl. Kasper:(Well, first you should be wondering why the head of a national church that is… Read More


“Mark, have you been following the news coming out of the Synod? I’m sick with worry! Some of the ideas they are talking about aren’t at all what I learned from reliable Catholic sources!”Yes. That’s true. And that’s *normal*. A conciliar event in the life of the Church is when, in the memorable description of… Read More


The Global Challenges the Pope FacesSherry Weddell remarks:A timely reminder from Andrea Tornielli that the west is not the world. The west isn’t even the majority of the Christian world anymore:“More than half (106 bishops) of the almost two hundred individuals participating in the Extraordinary Synod on the Family which opened today in the Vatican… Read More